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has some asking if president obama could simply big foot congress and ordered the treasury to keep borrowing. the argument is based on a little known section in the 14th amendment stating the public debt of the united states shall not be questioned. >> if the congress refuses to act, the argument would run, the president of necessity must act in order to follow the command of the constitution. >> the idea highly -- highlights how desperate the debate has goten. >> that's crazy talk. it's not acceptable for congress and the president not to do their job and to say somehow the president has the authority to then basically do this by himself. >> as the clock ticks down with no sign of progress, americans like courtney hine ton who -- hinton who works hard and lives on a tight budget can only watch in disbelief. >> this bickering and waiting to the last minute, we're not benefitting from that. >> reporter: as washington returns from the holiday weekend, sources close to the negotiations say a deal has to be reached by july 22nd in order to get it through congress in time. witt johnson,
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